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Articles: Research

The inside of a catholic church



A social-science analysis of how Catholicism transformed Western culture


Photograph of Professor Eric Nelson, seated, wearing a coat and tie

Eric Nelson

Photograph by Jim Harrison

Eric Nelson says John Rawls led modern philosophy astray.

November-December 2019

The Institute for World Literature expands global scholarship.

September-October 2019

Photograph of David Damrosch

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(1 of 4) David Damrosch
Photograph by Stu Rosner

David Damrosch’s literary global reach

September-October 2019

An illustration depicting the loss of mental functioning

Photograph by Brian Light/Alamy Stock Photos

A medical anthropologist cares for his Alzheimer’s-stricken wife.

September-October 2019

Humanities in the age of money


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Pablo Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, 1907
©2019 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York. Image from the Bridgeman Art Library

A Harvard scholar presents the “untold origins of a modern masterpiece.”

July-August 2019

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Sarah Lewis
Photograph by Melissa Blackall

At a seminal conference, black creative intellectuals explore white supremacy, the arts, and justice. 


Homi Bhabha (left), Masha Gessen (center), and Jacqueline Bhabha (right)

Photograph by Tia Ann Chapman

The Russian-American journalist challenges “moral defaults” about immigrants.